Archive for December, 2014

18
Dec
14

Christmas wishes and footie pics

Hello there everybody – thought I’d share with you some candid pics (and 2 amateur video excerpts) from the Remembrance soccer game in which I recently played.  It was a special day.  Just before the match, all of the players stood in a circle and I was asked (as were a few of the other players) and honored to read an excerpt from a poem written by England’s Poet Laureate about the First World War armistice, followed by us all observing a minute of silence in memory of the fallen.  My grandfather, Arthur Richard Page, had fought in the trenches during WWI and eventually lost both of his legs from gangrene due to “trench foot” – commonly contracted then from standing for long hours in water-soaked trenches.  So, the game held special meaning for me remembering my grandfather, who, incidentally, shared the same birthday as me.  It was a 4-4 draw, which was a perfect result – a contest keenly fought with great (albeit competitive) bonhomie.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you all happy holidays and a happy new year.  Thank you for your solid support and friendship.  I hope to have a new album out in 2015 (fingers crossed!) – that’s my goal!!  So, once again, let me wish you all a healthy, happy and peaceful holiday season.

Cheers, Martin.

 

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Reading the poem and observing a moment of silence before the game.

 

Page with opposing team's Goalie after game - photo-bombed by Jim Piddock, British comedic actor

Page with opposing team’s Goalie after game – photo-bombed by Jim Piddock, British comedic actor

 

 

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With Barry Venison, former English International, at end of game

 

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12
Dec
14

12.12.14 – Football unites Business, Hollywood and Royalty in remembrance

Originally posted by Dan Rutstein on 12.10.2014. Click here for the original article.

Figures from the US and British creative scene, Business, Hollywood and Royalty came together to play football, and to remember

Only in Los Angeles would you get a former Gladiator, a TV presenter, actors and musicians on the same football pitch as venture capitalists, bankers, tax advisors and a member of the Royal Family.

But that’s what happened here on a special day that saw football bring this disparate group together to commemorate the centenary of the Christmas Truce.

With at least half a dozen of the players losing a grandparent, or great uncle in the First World War, it was poignant to be gathering on the other side of the world to pay our respects.

On a day Prince William, the president of the Football Association who are spearheading the Football Remembers campaign, touched down on the East Coast, we gathered together on the West Coast.

Our match, which began with a reading of excerpts of the Poet Laureate’s Christmas Truce poem, was a chance for a BAFTA-backed team to join the business and diplomatic community in remembering those that fell and the power of football to unite.

The story of the Christmas Truce, thanks to matches like these and the campaign more widely, is now being told and retold to a wider audience.

The message of peace and goodwill that was generated when the warring sides left their trenches for carol singing, football matches and to trade gifts not bullets is a valuable lesson in history.

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Embassies and consulates around the globe have organised events – football matches and educational seminars – to promote these messages of unity and goodwill, and of remembrance.

We did it in California by having a BAFTA/Hollywood team take on businessmen.

The game ended 4-4, giving former England international, and now California resident, Barry Venison plenty of choice from which to select his goal of the match.

Normally I spend my time working with exporters to the US and with American investors in the UK.

And I use my blogs to write about this.

And as, technically, BAFTA are involved with creative exports and the tax advisor on my team advises potential investors in the UK, I think this still qualifies.

Sport is many things to many people but today it brought a cross-section of LA society together to remember something important. Our small contribution to a global message of unity and of commemoration.

 

To view a poignant reenactment of what happened that extraordinary day in 1914, view the video below:

09
Dec
14

A Temper of Peace and an Extraordinary Commitment

A Temper of Peace and an Extraordinary Commitment

By Martin Page

Martin Page, acclaimed songwriter, has included The Huntington in his estate plans.

As a professional songwriter and artist, I’m always searching for that elusive elixir of inspiration, that spark that ignites ideas for songs. The Huntington is the place I go to open the mind, free the spirit, and break open the dam of creativity.

I was first introduced to The Huntington by my manager, Diane Poncher, around the time I was writing my first two number one hits with Elton John’s lyricist, Bernie Taupin—”We Built This City” (Starship) and “These Dreams” (Heart)—and I was immediately aware that I had found my second home…away from the busy, stressful, overactive music studios of Los Angeles.

I originally came from England, where nature—green fields and trees, the New Forest National Park—surrounded my childhood, so to come to The Huntington was a little like returning home, to a place that fed my soul with beauty and peace.

My recently released solo album was largely created in my mind while strolling The Huntington grounds. In fact, The Huntington graciously allowed me to use an image of their wonderful sculpture, “Day” by Paul Howard Manship, as the album cover. The album’s title, “A Temper of Peace” (a temperance of peace), is what I am able to attain while strolling the grounds, which I do at least twice a week. It’s where I tune my soul.

It’s rare to discover havens that feed the intellect and heal the human condition—places that offer health and wholesome reflection. The Huntington is one such unique place, and I can’t think of a better institution to support. I am extremely proud to be part of its Heritage Society.

The Huntington is grateful to Martin for his farsighted generosity.